Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’ Cross Creek: An Old Florida Treasure

By: Gary McKechnie

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Not too terribly long ago, Florida was a much different place. For those of us who were born here, we remember that it was a place of clear creeks and screened porches and groves of citrus…

And Pulitzer Prize winning author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings lived here and wrote of this.

For an upcoming article I visited Cross Creek, the small community south of Gainesville where Rawlings made her home. I’ll be sharing that feature soon, but until then may I suggest you pay a visit to Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park. This is where the famed author wrote the classic tales of Cross Creek and The Yearling.

Remote then and remote to this day, when you push open the gate and walk into this place you will be stepping back to Old Florida. The car is in the carport and the typewriter is on the sun porch and it seems as if Ms. Rawlings has just stepped out to pick oranges and grapefruit and tangerines. There is a peacefulness here. A sense of time lingering at idle speed.

A place of clear creeks and screened porches and groves of citrus.

IF YOU GO
18700 S. County Road 325
Cross Creek, Florida 32640
(352) 466-3672

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